The company was founded in a one-car garage in Palo Alto by William (Bill) Redington Hewlett and Dave Packard. HP had been the world's leading PC manufacturer until the company Lenovo, based in China, became the world's leading PC manufacturer in 2012, according to Gartner. It specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, data storage, and networking hardware, designing software and delivering services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise, and industry standard servers, related storage devices, networking products, software and a diverse range of printers, and other imaging products. HP markets its products to households, small- to medium-sized businesses and enterprises directly as well as via online distribution, consumer-electronics and office-supply retailers, software partners and major technology vendors. HP also has strong services and consulting business around its products and partner products.
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